Coogee (NSW) – ACTUAL e
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A message from the organisers of the Island Challenge, Coogee…
The Coogee Island Challenge ocean swim is back on Sunday April 11th 2021.
Same great swims — 1km, 2.4km and the junior 800m, however this year swimmers may enter only one swim each. Due to COVID, it will not be possible to enter multiple events. (See below for more info on this requirement.)
If your entry is rolled over from last season, race organisers will contact you directly to determine your race selection.
All entries will be ONLINE only, as with most other swims this season, also due to Covid requirements. Online entries close at 3pm pn Saturday, April 10, 2021. No entries will be taken on the day due to Covid requuirements. For further information, see event website... Click here
Entry Fees remain at $45 pre-race day and $55 on-race day.
Swims will start in waves each of 6 swimmers, and waves will start 5 seconds apart. Starting mats will assist with this timing, which means swimmers will be required to cross a starting mat in order to record their start time.
There will be a COVID plan in operation on the beach. Access to the beach will be by way of QR code through the Service NSW app.
Event t-shirts. We have all the merchandise stored from April 2020, so it is the same t-shirts style you had advertised for April. Price will remain the same. We will advise how these are to be distributed on the day. Those that have already purchased shirts are still yet to collect, so we need to communicate this on your page that pre-purchased shirts will be made available on the day for pickup.
The main swim is around Wedding Cake Island, conditions permitting. The shorter swims both run inside the island. And here's a tip: the longer swim, especially, is one of Strãa's great ocean swims. If you consider yourself an ocean swimmer, then you must do it, at least once. Be aware, though: Coogee is renowned as a beach with little surf due to the island sitting offshore, which protects the beach from the worst of the weather and the heaviest of seas. But the island, and the rock shelves at each end of the beach, also make the water inside the island some of the bumpiest in Sydney as the swell and the chop bounce off all those hard surfaces, and sucks back from the beach. All of this contributes to the character and the challenge of this swim. You will never be bored in the water at Coogee.
Things you need to know...
Teams are made up of four competitors. Teams can register in any of the three events on offer - 800m, 1km, and 2.4km, subject to age qualifications for each of those events. Team members in the 800m must be aged 10-13, while in the two longer swims, they must be 13 or over, of either sex. There are no provisions for age group teams or separate male and female categories. Teams can register online only. All team members must have entered online as individuals when the team entry is lodged. If not, the team entry will not be accepted.
Team entries close at 5pm on Friday, April 9, 2021. This is a day earlier than the deadline for individual entries online. This is to allow for discrepancies and errors to be clarified.
NO TEAM ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DEADLINE .
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams based on the overall team time. All swimmers must finish to be eligible for team prizes.
Team members' entry registration ID numbers (starting with EI) must be supplied with team entries. This number is found on email confirmations of each entry.
To enter a team, ensure all team members have entered online first, that you have their registration ID numbers (numbers beginning with EI).
To register your team... Click here
We'll list registered teams here after team entries close.
About this swim...
One of ocean swimming's much-loved events is back for a second time this season.
This popular ocean swim saw a record 1,800 competitors taking the plunge in November, 2011. In season 2014/15, the April iteration of this event atttracted 1,241 starters. In April! Punters are realising that autumn is the best time of year to swim.
Along with the main event - the 2.4km swim around the island - the 1km Splash and Dash and the 800m Junior Dash will also return.
Registration for all events in the middle of Coogee beach just opposite the end of Coogee Bay Road. 1km and 800m follow circuit inside Wedding Cake Island. 2.4km swim rounds Wedding Cake Island, if conditions allow.
Presentation, bbq music and drinks are at the club immediately after the swim... Make a day of it... Everyone welcome.
No individual escort boat, surf ski or board paddler will be permitted to accompany swimmers. Flotation devices and fins are prohibited. Wetsuits may be worn, but wettie wearers will not be eligible for prizes.
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